Bishkek: Alexander Krestinin has left an indelible impact on football’s trajectory in the Kyrgyz Republic. What began with an offer to play in Central Asia in the twilight of his playing days has evolved into a career-defining football journey, culminating in unprecedented highs for the country’s national team.
A Russian national, Krestinin is now Kyrgyz Republic’s longest serving national team boss, while simultaneously coaching Premier League champions FC Dordoi, and led the nation to their first ever major tournament at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
In the first of a new series on the-AFC.com, Krestinin charts his course from the very beginning of his football career, including instant managerial success at PFC Neftchi Kockhor-Ata, transforming the fortunes of a national team, and – in his own words - how the Kyrgyz Republic became his Asian home.
More than 50 icons pledge support to AFC's #BreakTheChain in less than 48 hours
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign marked a significant milestone today with more than 50 players and officials pledging their support to the COVID-19 public awareness movement since its launch just 48 hours ago.
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to impact the global sporting calendar but that has not stopped Asia’s biggest names from sharing inspiring messages of solidarity and timely reminders on the best health practices and guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Kuala Lumpur: Few football experiences live in the memory like a Cup Final.
Their infrequency, unique sense of occasion and the sheer proximity to silverware make these special days out defining experiences for players and fans alike, and over the years Asian football has been blessed with finales fit for any competition.
With historical significance, drama and sheer entertainment in mind, we’ve picked out eight memorable deciders from around the continent
Kuala Lumpur: After bringing you three of the AFC Cup’s most memorable moments last week, the-AFC.com has selected another trio for fans of Asian football to look back upon as you #StayAtHome and #BreakTheChain.
From a history-making night in Basra to a Chhetri-inspired Bengaluru and Filipino joy in Bacolod City, this week's magic moments are sure to bring back happy – or perhaps sad – memories.
Kuala Lumpur: In the second part of this series of profiles, we look at five Saudi icons of the AFC Champions League era.
Since the inauguration of the AFC Champions League in 2002-03, Saudi teams have appeared in the final on seven occasions. Along the way, some of the kingdom’s players have created an iconic legacy in the competition.
Kuala Lumpur: While Asian football fans await the return of the beautiful game, there remains plenty to keep us occupied during its hiatus and nothing more so that than looking back on the fabulous goals we've seen over the years.
Following on from last week's acrobatic AFC Champions League goals, next up in the-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series we recall five solo goals where players have taken matters into their own hands and produced the goods in emphatic style.